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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Kristy Lee Cook should have been kicked off American Idol last week JUST for choosing this song

"I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free."
- God Bless the USA

Does anyone notice anything amiss with those lyrics? Anything at all? Anything grammatically awry?

What if they were to instead say:

"I'm proud to be an American, 'cause at least I know I'm free."

Or:

"I'm proud to be in America, where at least I know I'm free."?

Would that be better? 'Cause let me ask you, looking again at the original version of the lyrics at the top, what the hell, grammatically speaking, is "where" referring to? "An American"? Is that a place? No!

There are certain bad lyrics that can be forgiven, but these are not among them.

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14 comments:

Sov said...

Yikes! You seem grumpy.

I think, by and large, that most people aren't perceptive enough to ever notice that. It's a pretty good song... all patriotic and shit, but as an English major and fellow Intelligent Being, I'm forced to agree with you.

I had to slip that one in there.

Sra said...

It's not so much grumpy as it is that that song is a personal pet peeve of mine. I loathe it.

... wait, you just had to slip "by and large" in there, didn't you? Speaking of pet peeves...

Ok so the patriotic aspect kind of makes me want to gag. The tone of the song is very better-than-thou-other-countries. Meanwhile our American "freedoms" are being taken away little by little by our own government. TSA, anyone? Yes, we are better off than many other countries, but this song embodies the popular attitude that we have it better than everyone else, which I don't believe to be true.

Patriotic nausea aside, the egregious grammatical error is what pushes this song over the top for me. I want to hurl babies and kick dogs when I hear it. And anything that makes you want to do that is simply no good.

Adam said...

Grammatical irregularities are the bane of my existence.

The general sentiment of the song is one that I don't think I could care less about. It's another one of those "like it or you're obviously unpatriotic" pieces of sh... I mean, who could hate a song extolling the wonder that is America?

That being said, I have heard that song... quite a few times, and have never noticed that. I guess it's just because I get so overcome with emotion, I'm not really in a grammatical mindset. Way to be looking out for us all!

Oh, and I am still cackling at sov for slipping "by and large" in there. I had fully intended to do the same. But I was beaten to the punch(line).

Sra said...

I'm glad to know my readers are on the lookout for ways to push my pet peeve buttons. Note to self: tell people you HATE when they send you Cadbury's Eggs in the mail.

Loralee Choate said...

I would have kicked her off just for associating with Brittany Spears when she was 17.

Loralee Choate said...

P.S.
Between you and Adam the Mediocre over there, I am never going to be able to hit the publish button on my blog ever again without having a small freak out.

I suck at all things grammar.

Sigh.

Kirsten said...

I'm nervously considering what grammatical errors may be on my blog. At least you are used to reading my mistake-filled writing. Thanks for being my editor for all these years.

I agree with you though. The song is pretty obnoxious for this and many other reasons.

Sra said...

For the record I'd like to let you guys know that I consider there to be a difference between occasional accidental grammatical errors and repeat grammatical offenses due to ignorance.

For instance, I personally have a hard time with the it's/its distinction, because it's counterintuitive to me. You would normally think the one with the apostrophe is the possessive one, but it's not; instead it's a contraction for "it is". Its minus apostrophe is the possessive form, and every time I write it's or its I have to think about this, but I still make a mistake on it from time to time.

But the important thing is that I do know the difference, even if I make mistakes sometimes. People who are just ignorant of grammar drive me nuts, but people who know better and make occasional mistakes are totally forgivable.

So please don't worry about what I think of your blogs. I'm not sitting at my computer laughing or cringing at you. For one thing, blogs are informal writing, so grammar doesn't have to be stringent. For another, I want people to forgive me when I make stupid mistakes. And finally, remember that I come from the descriptive and not the prescriptive school of linguistics.

Please go forth, publish, and worry no more.

The Over-Thinker said...

I hate this song for precisely this reason. Thank you for being pissed about it, too.

Sra said...

Yay! I'm glad you agree!

Kirsten said...

I'm nervously considering what grammatical errors may be on my blog. At least you are used to reading my mistake-filled writing. Thanks for being my editor for all these years.

I agree with you though. The song is pretty obnoxious for this and many other reasons.

Sra said...

It's not so much grumpy as it is that that song is a personal pet peeve of mine. I loathe it.

... wait, you just had to slip "by and large" in there, didn't you? Speaking of pet peeves...

Ok so the patriotic aspect kind of makes me want to gag. The tone of the song is very better-than-thou-other-countries. Meanwhile our American "freedoms" are being taken away little by little by our own government. TSA, anyone? Yes, we are better off than many other countries, but this song embodies the popular attitude that we have it better than everyone else, which I don't believe to be true.

Patriotic nausea aside, the egregious grammatical error is what pushes this song over the top for me. I want to hurl babies and kick dogs when I hear it. And anything that makes you want to do that is simply no good.

Adam said...

Grammatical irregularities are the bane of my existence.

The general sentiment of the song is one that I don't think I could care less about. It's another one of those "like it or you're obviously unpatriotic" pieces of sh... I mean, who could hate a song extolling the wonder that is America?

That being said, I have heard that song... quite a few times, and have never noticed that. I guess it's just because I get so overcome with emotion, I'm not really in a grammatical mindset. Way to be looking out for us all!

Oh, and I am still cackling at sov for slipping "by and large" in there. I had fully intended to do the same. But I was beaten to the punch(line).

Loralee Choate said...

P.S.
Between you and Adam the Mediocre over there, I am never going to be able to hit the publish button on my blog ever again without having a small freak out.

I suck at all things grammar.

Sigh.

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